Living so close to the ocean, there's no excuse not to enjoy the best local seafood restaurants. Bring the taste of the ocean right onto your plate with fresh oysters and prawns to California caught sand dabs and sea bass.
Here are 12 favorite seafood restaurants in the South Bay. Don't agree with one of our choices? Or maybe we forgot your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below.
A fresh fish and oyster bar in Hermosa's Pier Plaza seems like a no brainer, and yet it took the team of Lisa Hemmat from Lido and her spouse Levi Lupercio from The Strand House to address our need for more mollusks with Playa Hermosa, a casual dining spot offering chef driven fresh seafood at the end of Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach.
19 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach (310) 504-0088 Playahermosaoyster.com
Hook and Plow
With its concept of farm to table and hook to plate, the Hook and Plow in Hermosa Beach offers a cozy gastropub with some delicious seafood. Though the menu is small that only means they pay close attention to detail. Beautifully presented, its scallops and pork belly will get your appetite kicking followed by the catch of the day grilled to perfection over Morrocan couscous with a yogurt sauce.
425 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach (310) 937-5909 TheHookandPlow.com
Fishing with Dynamite
Another from head chef/owner David LeFevre comes Fishing with Dynamite , which was named Best Oyster Bar by Los Angeles Magazine. LeFevre said he created the menu to celebrate summers spent on Virginia's Eastern Shore and Southern California's beach communities. The dining room is comprised of a combination of tables, raw bar and a cocktail bar. This is one seafood stop not to miss.
1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 893-6299 EatFWD.com
Located in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach, Rock’n Fish offers a menu that never disappoints. Both a bustling little bar and an intimate dining space, the menu offers a variety of fish cooked on a classic oakwood grill including king salmon, ahi tuna and swordfish. Don’t forget to try their macadamia encrusted Mahi Mahi and famous crab cakes.
120 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach (310) 379-9900 RocknFishRestaurants.com
Specializing in mesquite grilled fish, king crab, shrimp and oysters, Fishbar in Manhattan Beach is a premier eatery in the South Bay that's both comfortable and social. Always hopping, always friendly, and certainly always tasty, all of the fish is flown in daily from around the world and cut by a master filleter. No cut of fish ever spends more than 24 hours in the restaurant and it truly shows.
3801 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 796-0200 Fishbarmb.com
When trying to find a location that captures an elegant nautical atmosphere, look no further than Baleen Kitchen, located at the Portofino Hotel. While gazing across the marina, diners can enjoy sautйed snapper, seafood stew and pan-roasted salmon. Recently renovated, this is a top notch if not hidden away South Bay gem.
260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach (877) 225-3365 hotelportofino.com
Sea Level at Shade
With a name like Sea Level a restaurant has to do seafood right. At Shade in Redondo Beach, that’s not a problem. This classy eatery is located within King Harbor offering spectacular sunsets and a romantic view of the marina. Every dish is prepared to perfection, including striped sea bass, blackened salmon and tamarind glazed baramundi. Sit outside and enjoy the fresh ocean air next to an outdoor gas fireplace.
655 N Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach (310) 921-8940 Rb.shadehotel.com
Located in King Harbor, Blue Water Grill in Redondo offers down home seafood dishes with a wide variety of fish to choose from. For those looking for a special night out, the Blue Water has a wonderful ambiance that feels a lot like being on board a ship. With a daily supply of fresh oysters and live Maine lobster, you can choose to spend a lot or keep it minimal with some of the best seafood dishes in the South Bay.
665 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach (310) 318-3474 bluewatergrill.com
The Chart House
Another South Bay institution, The Chart House first opened on the sand just south of the Hermosa Beach border in 1962. Since then, it’s maintained a reputation as a fine dining institution. You can’t go wrong on this menu as it changes frequently with the seasons. Best known for its prime rib, not to mention its oceanfront view, The Chart House also has some amazing seafood dishes including lobster habanero mezzaluna recently featured on the television show Billion Dollar Buyer.
231 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach (310) 372-3464 Chart-house.com
Blue Salt Grill
Located on Artesia Boulevard in Redondo Beach and another spot in Torrance, Blue Salt offers a full menu of seafood options at a reasonable price. What it lacks in ambiance is made up for in its superb dishes. And every dish comes with a complimentary ceviche. You can’t go wrong there.
2515 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach (424) 247-7414 Bluesaltfishgrill.com
For the most down home seafood joint in the South Bay look no further than Captain Kidd’s in Redondo Beach. A combination fish market and low key eatery, choose your cut of fish and have it made to order with a variety of sides. This casual affair might not be the classiest place as you dine with plastic utensils on picnic benches, but it’s a South Bay staple through and through.
209 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach (310) 372-7703 CaptainKidds.com
For a similar experience to Captain Kidd’s there is Quality Seafood which offers a larger selection of fresh seafood. Here steamed cracked crab is a local favorite as well the raw sea urchin. You’ll find here a wide selection of ceviche and poke, along with smoked fish. Get anything made to order either grilled, fried or steamed, and enjoy the atmosphere near the Fun Factory in the Redondo Beach Pier. A great place to take kids as they can look right into the fresh pools of shellfish.
130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach (310) 374-2382 Qualityseafood.net